A December weekend in the family Balearic Islands

december If you want to get away from the routine and start a couple of days, we now introduce you some ideas to make the most of every island in the archipelago even in winter.

Go to the discovery of the many Palma cribs that are exposed in the convents, churches and cultural centers of the city. Among them, the 18th-century Neapolitan Palau March or the traditional Mallorcan Isles of the Cultural Center of Sa Nostra.

Palau March in Majorca, in the Balearic Islands Neapolitan pilgrimage to Majorca, in the Balearic Islands
You can also stay in the sanctuaries of the island if you want to experience a full immersion with breathtaking views. There are numerous sanctuaries where it is possible to stay overnight, such as the Sanctuaries of Care or the Shrines of Lluc.


Reveal the history of Menorca and Ibiza:

Numerous activities and itineraries aimed at historical enthusiasts, who can retrace the historical events that have marked the development of the islands. In Menorca, among the many possibilities, you can go on a military itinerary (on foot, by bicycle, on buggy or on horseback) to discover the history of the island while enjoying a spectacular panoramic view of the coast.

Military Route in Menorca, Balearic Islands (II) Military Route in Menorca, Balearic Islands
Ibiza, apart from the wonderful island beaches, has unmatched architectural treasures such as the white churches, the walls of Dalt Vila or the Puig necropolis

Immersed in the wonderful nature of Formentera:

Let yourself be involved in the peace and quiet that reign in this magical island. You will discover wonderful landscapes, for example, crossing any of the 32 green itineraries that the island offers visitors.

Green Trails in Formentera, in the Balearic IslandsSpiaggia to discover thanks to the green trails in Formentera, in the Balearic Islands
Walking, biking or Nordic Walking will take you to discover thousands of natural treasures such as the rocks of Ses Salines or the Faro de La Mola.

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Christmas on the Balearic Islands

Christmas on the Balearic Islands

Spending the holidays in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands means experiencing a unique experience where traditions give new sensations: amazed by taking part in celebratory events in Menorca and Mallorca, letting yourself be enchanted by the popular Pitiuse songs and closing your eyes tasting the flavors of the rich gastronomic offer of the islands, is all you need to experience the best of Christmas in these four pearls of the Mediterranean.
On each of the islands the holiday season is open in a different way. In Menorca, Christmas is anticipated by the arrival of four characters: the llumets, cute elves who according to legend live in Colom – a small island east of Minorca – and are commissioned to turn on the lights in the streets and squares on the first Sunday of December , thus officially giving way to the most magical period of the year.

To see them you need to stand in the Plaza de la Constitución de Mahón and look to the facade of the church of Santa Maria: the llumets climb furtive on the tower of the bell tower and from there greet the spectators and distribute sweets and candy to the present. The four goblins also have the task of ending the festivities by turning off the lights right after the Día de Reyes on January 5th. As soon as the little ones fall asleep, the llumets return to Colom Island to stay until the next Christmas holidays.

In Formentera, the Christmas period begins with the opening of the Mercado de Navidad, which is held in the pedestrian area of ​​Plaza de la Constitución, in the small town of Sant Francesc. Made with the patronage of the Consejería de Comercio, this traditional market sees the protagonists of the local dealers and locals who exhibit on a stall a multitude of items. The Mercado de Navidad is open every day between 1 December and 6 January and during these days there are a number of interesting events for the public, including music shows, games and workshops dedicated to all ages. In addition, the Consejería de Cultura organizes, in coincidence with the opening of the event, a concert of popular songs devoted to the Nativity.

History and tradition blend in gastronomy and every island’s place gives the opportunity to taste the characteristic products of this period of the year: many varieties of nougat craft; ensaïmada stuffed with marzipan and Ángel cabel (a special pumpkin jam); Peix in real pasta (almond paste); sweet coconut or cinnamon biscuits, are just some of the typical delights that you encounter on the boards and in the streets of Majorca.

It’s not just the sweetness to bargain on the party menu at Christmas and at Santo Stefano – known as the Segunda Fiesta de Navidad – when the main meals are family gatherings important to be honored with banquets filled with every leccornia. The sophomore soup (stuffed soup) is an elaborate dish made from bread, meat and vegetables, which is open to Christmas banquets on the largest of the Balearic Islands, followed by dishes such as carn freda de Nadal or the labourious pastry, stuffed pasta conchiglioni of meat and served in broth. The meat is the protagonist of the mallards of the inland: poultry and piglet from roasted or in wet milk; turkey recipes such as stuffed turkey or scampi – a meat stew, potatoes and slightly fried onion, tomatoes, garlic and white wine with hazelnut and pine nuts, are not lacking, while in coastal villages it is customary to serve fish stewed to maiorchina, cooked with potatoes, onions, beets, parsley, garlic and tomatoes, flavored with salt, pepper, sweet paprika and olive oil.

In terms of Christmas gastronomy, Ibiza is a tradition – consuming accompanied by desserts and sometimes breakfasts – the Salsa de Nadal, a kind of liquid nougat prepared with a mix of very particular ingredients: almond paste, sugar, honey, spices and broth of meat, which give this seasoning a very intense, but at the same time delicious flavor. The Salsa de Nadal is very similar to the Mossona sauce that lacks the honey and is the protagonist of the starters and desserts of parties at Formentera.

In all the Balearic Islands, Christmas is celebrated solemnly for the Matines, midnight massages; those of Mallorca are internationally renowned thanks to the Cant de la Sibil-la. Declared UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage in 2010, this exciting religious song of medieval origin, was introduced on the island after its conquest by James I of Aragon. The Latin text – adapted in Catalan from the 13th century – prophesies the arrival of the Redeemer and the final judgment, and is sung by a single angelic voice – usually a child or a little girl – wearing a white dress and an embroidered coat in classic

or medieval style. The singer takes a sword suspended in the air in front of the face for the duration of the song and performs without musical accompaniment. To make notes at international level the Matines of Ibiza and Formentera, there are instead the Caramelles de Navidad, songs of very ancient origins announcing the birth of Jesus. They are sung before the Christmas Mass by two people accompanied by the music of various instruments including the flute, the espasí and the castles. It is a cultural tradition that has been orally referred to as a father in son on the Pitiuse Islands for more than five centuries and for this reason the Caramelles were declared a Cultural Heritage in 2005. Music characterizes the days ahead of Christmas in Ibiza: the Audición de Navidad, a real concert by Escuela de Música de Ibiza, is celebrated on 15 and 16 December. The Coro de la Ciudad de Ibiza also organizes a Christmas musical event on Saturday, while the Banda Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Ibiza on Sunday 17 will perform at Espacio Cultural Can Ventosa.

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Balearics: Even more intriguing in the winter

An original escape from the cold in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera between mysticism, nature and archeology

For a different winter weekend than usual, the Balearic Islands are the right destination even in winter. Here are some ideas on what to do and see in Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera on a off-season trip.

Mystic Majorca – In December, discovering the many cribs in the city of Palma is one of the most enjoyable activities for families. Conventions, churches and cultural centers display their cribs, some of which are real treasures, such as the Palau March, a 18th-century Neapolitan crib made up of more than two thousand pieces made by hand and elaborated in the smallest detail. For a full immersion in the frame of the Major of the Balearics, you can stay in the sanctuaries of the island. The offer is very wide: from the Santuari de Cura, which stands on the top of Puig de Randa – the highest peak in the center of the island – at the Sanctuaries of Lluc, a privileged place of the Serra de Tramuntana with a precious artistic heritage and natural, there are many solutions offered to those who really need to regenerate mind and spirit, accompanied by their own family.

Menorca, on the trail of history – Starting from the heart of the port of Maó, Menorca, you can relive a bit of island history through the military itinerary. The immense fortress of the Mola, full of underground galleries, first defensive lines and ancient dusters, rises into a magnificent natural landscape. By walking, cycling, off-road or horseback, you discover the history of the island enjoying the spectacular scenery of the coast. This fascinating journey in the past continues in the underground tunnels of San Felipe, located on the southern shore of the Maó harbor. Another interesting itinerary is the one that accompanies the discovery of the so-called British route, a journey on the trails left – precisely – by the British during the period when the island was annexed in the territories of the English crown. Masseries, fortresses, walls, towers, and museums are just a few of the suggested steps to learn how influential the British have been to the daily life of the Spanish island.

Archeology in Ibiza – In addition to the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, theatrical visits are also organized at the Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins. On the last Sunday of every month, through these representations you can discover the traces of civilizations that have lived in ancient times Ibiza in a fascinating and alternative way. Discovering the past of the island narrated and featured by actors is a fantastic program for the whole family, an experience that falls in love with young and old. Through the theatralized visits, you enter the everyday life of the Punic, Phoenician and Roman times, in the archeological context of the Puig des Molins, surrounded by the rich collections of sarcophagi and funerary elements that won the recognition of the World Heritage by the ‘Unesco.

Formentera and nature – There are 32 “green” itineraries of the island of Formentera. Cross-country trails that add more than 100 km of walking tracks, biking or Nordic Walking, and accompany visitors to discover thousands of natural treasures such as the rocks of Ses Salines, the endless beach of Ses Illetes, the rural landscapes of the hinterland and the iconic Faro de La Mola. The Lighthouse is located on the westernmost part of the island and from here there are several paths leading to woods and green valleys. Visiting the eastern part of the island, between the port of La Savina and Cala Saona, you will encounter what once was a quarry: a jagged coastline formed by a desert of rocks with strange and unusual forms, called Sa Pedrera. In this varied landscape, within a wooded area, is the Can Marroig Interpretation Center. Here flora and fauna are all within reach, thanks to a wide range of interactive educational activities that tease the senses and curiosity of children and adults.

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Villa Exclusive Ibiza

El Mediterráneo es un ambiente agradable en el que se oculta la villa,

un encantador tradicional finca ibicenca que conserva todas las características típicas de estos hogares, utilizando sólo

materiales naturales como la piedra y paredes muy gruesas que aseguran un clima agradable en todas las estaciones.


Externamente recientemente se ha hecho una atractiva piscina rodeada por una terraza con cómodos cojines,

tumbonas y sombrillas para el máximo confort de los huéspedes;

en una esquina hay un área intrigante cubierta por arena importada directamente de Formentera con una ducha al aire

libre cerca, todo el enfoque testimonio frente al contacto con la naturaleza.

Los interiores tienen un carácter único y el trabajo inimitable del propietario que ha personalizado

cualquier entorno con una mezcla de arte y colores extraordinarios, preservando al mismo

tiempo la mayor parte de los elementos originales de la coherencia estilística máximo;

Los asientos son cómodos y adyacente al comedor,

la cocina totalmente equipada con modernos equipos colocados de manera funcional en las inmediaciones.

El cuerpo principal de la finca tiene tres dormitorios con sus respectivos baños

que hacen eco a la perfección el sabor general de toda la casa, cada uno se distingue por combinaciones distintivas y

elementos de mobiliario únicas que personalizan los hacen diferentes entre sí.

Una pequeña dependencia independiente cerca de la piscina ofrece alojamiento para dos personas más.

La villa es una propiedad única en su género, un hogar altamente

personalizado a partir de sabor y el lugar del propietario en un entorno natural extraordinario a poca distancia, sin

embargo, de las playas y de la frenética ciudad de Ibiza, con destino a los viajeros con gustos refinados.

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From the hills and valleys of Ibiza to the mosques of Yemen, Villa  San Lorenzo draws inspiration from across the world.

As its name suggests, this beautiful vacation rental is perched above the San Lorenzo Valley in central Ibiza and has gorgeous outdoor living areas from which

to take in the views. Its elegant interiors, inviting courtyards and six bedrooms are modeled on both traditional Moroccan architecture and Yemen’s Great Mosque

of Zabid.

This luxury villa is laid out around a private central courtyard with a large pool, a row of loungers in the sun, and shaded sitting and dining areas.

A passage out of the courtyard leads to water gardens with a tea house in the middle,

loungers and a daybed on a sunny terrace, and an infinity pool with a pavilion overlooking the mountains and valley.

Linger outside and see if you can spot the neighboring island of Formentera, or enjoy the satellite TV, sound system and pool table indoors.

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Modern Fully-Serviced Villa With Breathtaking Sea Views To Formentera And The Old Town

Villa, 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 12 persons, Pool, Garden, WiFi

Recently renovated and refurbished throughout, this exquisite villa is in one of the best locations on the island

INTERIOR
The total of six stylish double bedrooms includes two master bedrooms on the main floor, both with en-suite bathrooms, sea views, air

conditioning and underfloor heating. One of these master bedrooms also has its own large lounge terrace and walk-in wardrobe.

The remaining four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with a walk-in wardrobe) are located on the lower level – two have

sea views and all have air conditioning. All the bedrooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and towels.

On the main level, the doors to the large living area slide away, opening onto a terrace with dining facilities for 12 people and incredible

sea views. You will also find a fully-equipped kitchen featuring a 3-metre kitchen island, a comfortable sofa lounge area and a guest

cloakroom and WC. The lower level has a gym, large play/cinema room with 55-inch flat-screen TV and a guest cloakroom and WC.

EXTERIOR

The shaded poolside dining area has a gas BBQ and seats 12 people. Single sunbeds are available on the spacious terrace by the pool, and

in shaded areas. The cocktail terrace and dining area on the main level are ideal for relaxing with drinks at any time of day, especially

sunset and sunrise.

DINING ROOM AND LOUNGE
Two large lounge sofas in the living area by the open-plan kitchen. The sliding glass doors encourage the indoor kitchen and lounge